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The Offbeats 1961 - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
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The Offbeats in Jersey - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Justin Hayward at The Corbiere Hotel, Jersey 1961
Justin Hayward and the Offbeats at The Corbiere Hotel, Jersey 1961
Justin Hayward - The Offbeats at The Watersplash, Jersey 1961
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Justin Hayward - The Offbeats - Kool for Kats - Jersey         Moody Blues
Justin Hayward - The Offbeats - Kool for Kats - Jersey         Moody Blues
Justin Hayward - The Offbeats cutting
Justin Hayward - The Offbeats Ticket  St. Barnabas Church 1961
Justin Hayward - The Offbeats. Walcot Common Room
Jeff Bull, Ken Emerson, Justin Hayward 1961   Moody Blues
Justin Hayward - The Offbeats  St. Barnabas Church 1961
The Offbeats in Jersey - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Justin Hayward - The Offbeats at The Watersplash, Jersey 1961
Justin Hayward - The Offbeats. Walcot Common Room
Rikki Dare - Springfield Theatre Jersey
Keith Panting - The Offebeats
The Offbeats in Jersey - Justin Hayward - Moody Blues
Justin Hayward and Jeff Bull, Jersey 1961   Moody Blues
The Offbeats - Jersey 1961
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1961

August 1961

 

25th

Annual Rock Competition. Faringdon Corn Exchange

September 1961

 

16th

St. Barnabas Church Hall

December 1961

 

9th

Club X, Walcot Common Room

1962

January 1962

 

20th

Club X, Walcot Common Room

Justin Hayward - The Offbeats

 

 

Justin Hayward (Vocals / Guitar)

Jeff Bull (Drums)

Ken Emerson (Lead guitar)

Keith Panting (Guitar)

Nigel Norman (Clavioline / Piano)

 

 

 

 

 

With an offer in 1961 to re-join the repertory theatre group, this time in Jersey, with newly renamed band The Offbeats, an apprehensive Justin and Nigel ask for permission from their headmaster, Dr. Craig, to have an extended summer recess to take up the engagement.  With a flat refusal and clear warning of the repercussions of not following his orders, the defiant pair  nevertheless went ahead, well, “what could he do??”

 

 

Eagerly, the new Offbeats prepare for their trip to Jersey
for an  11 week and 3 days summer season at the Springfield
Theatre, St. Helier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here, the boys have a welcome break with the rest of the production during rehearsals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The band discuss the forthcoming show with a member of the rep company, from left to right, Justin, Rikki Dare, Jeff, Ken, rep, Nigel. Rikki, a singer in the show was often backed by the Offbeats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group takes time out to pose for photos with Rikki and chat about how well the shows
are being received.  At this point, Keith was still to join them over in Jersey.  Note the
distinctive band uniform, red, white and black stripes for those of you watching in
black and white!

 

 

 

 

 

Keith is finally welcomed by the band (Justin centre), here seen waiting at the bus stop in St. Helier, not yet being kitted out! Note also, the flyers stuck to their guitar cases and posted through the letterboxes of all the local premises.

 

 

 

 

Here, Keith poses in the grounds of the Springfield Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Indians were sending signals, and they were all good, as the appreciative audience lapped up Kool for Kats.  For the eagle-eyed amongst you, note the spelling of Kats, two years before Mssrs Pinder and Thomas took their pride over to Hamburg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith’s travelling photo-album contains a full set of group signatures, including Rikki Dare.   This is the earliest one of Justin’s that I’ve seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a shot of Rikki, on stage at the Springfield,  one can only speculate the storyline that this scenery accompanies.  Maybe it’s from the follow-up show, Bustles To Beatniks. Unfortunately, there are no shots of the Offbeats on stage at the Springfield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the summer sunshine, the boys take time out to relax and explore the island. Careful Justin, one slip and it’ll be Nights in White Linen courtesy of Jersey Royal Infirmary!

 

 

 

Every Sunday evening, the band plus Rikki would head over to The Watersplash at St. Ouen’s Bay, a large pub / dance hall.   A number of photographs were taken during their shows, unfortunately many too dark to see clearly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One night, it was announced that a talent competition would be held at The Corbiere Hotel,  of course Justin’s rendition of On A Slow Boat To China would earn them first place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returning triumphantly home,  they still had to face the wrath of Dr. Craig for disobeying him,  well a few detention sessions was a fair price to pay for an unforgettable summer and experience that would cement Justin’s desire for stardom.

 

 

Back to St. Barnabas’ Church Hall on 16th September 1961 for another performance.  Has anyone else noticed the significance of St. Barnabas in musical history?  As well as Justin’s visit here,  St. Barnabas is the church right opposite the Carlton Ballroom, venue of the Moodies rehearsals and very first live performance, and, also the church in Penny Lane, Liverpool where Paul McCartney was choirboy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Offbeats continued to perform regularly, as seen by these flyers for Club X at the Walcot Common Room in December 1961 and January 1962.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the Spring, 1962, Keith and Ken had departed and the band had now become The Whispers.

 

Photos courtesy of Keith Panting and Nigel Norman.

 

Click here to visit Nigel’s Swindon Music Scene website